Philips Hue Lighting - owners thread

Philips Hue Lighting - owners thread

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weeboot

1,038 posts

66 months

Sunday 16th May
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We managed to place an order, due to a web stock error, and ended up just leaving the order open. Amazingly it came into stock less than 2 weeks later and shipped!

loudlashadjuster

4,192 posts

151 months

Monday 17th May
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RichTT said:
I have two of the Hue Ensis lights in the kitchen, one over the island and one over the dining table. Ended up having to order them from Germany and it still took 3 months for them to be in stock. I have no idea why they are so limited.

They are lovely though. Even if they are a ridiculous cost for a pendant light.
Our kitchen has a similar layout to yours and I looked at the Ensis but wanted something sleeker, less visually obstructing. Ended up paying a lot more than the Ensis cost, so it actually looks quite good value!

1878

771 posts

130 months

Monday 7th June
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Look before you leap with the Hue app update, they have really messed it up in my opinion.
Worst bit is that instead of being able to see and change all the lights in a room/scene from one view you now have to go individually into each one. Oh yeah, and they scroll left to right you you can see fewer on screen at once.

Alternative - what are others using to control Hue? (Apple ecosystem here)

number2

1,800 posts

154 months

Monday 7th June
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I paid for Hue Essentials for widgets and ease of multi hub accessibility but used neither feature and looks like new Hue app at least does the former.

Agree vertical view was easier but can still control whole zone/room the same way. Touch the room/zone then select scene. There are also more scenes to choose from.

Would like smaller buttons though. Again, to put more rooms etc on one screen without scrolling. I'm not that blind.

ecsrobin

13,045 posts

132 months

Monday 7th June
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1878 said:
Look before you leap with the Hue app update, they have really messed it up in my opinion.
Worst bit is that instead of being able to see and change all the lights in a room/scene from one view you now have to go individually into each one. Oh yeah, and they scroll left to right you you can see fewer on screen at once.

Alternative - what are others using to control Hue? (Apple ecosystem here)
I use HomeKit. If you have an appleTV or iPad that doesn’t leave the house that can be a HomeKit hub.

dapprman

1,490 posts

234 months

Monday 7th June
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1878 said:
Look before you leap with the Hue app update, they have really messed it up in my opinion.
Worst bit is that instead of being able to see and change all the lights in a room/scene from one view you now have to go individually into each one. Oh yeah, and they scroll left to right you you can see fewer on screen at once.
I've managed it, but it's not as obvious. When you select one of your lights at the bottom of the scene it takes you to another screen where you can blend and balance all the colours at once and now even drop lights from a particular scene. Think it is actually now better, just another step to get there. Think once you're used to it things will be fine, just the previous version was more intuitive.

1878 said:
Alternative - what are others using to control Hue? (Apple ecosystem here)
On my phone I also use the free version of Hue Essentials - I don't think it's as friendly as the main app and it can feel cluttered, however it will allow you to fully configure the dimmers how you like, so a number of mine control two rooms (using inner and outer buttons).. Additionally I also have All 4 hue, but that's because it is the only control software I can also get to work on my old 32 bit iPad (3rd gen).

On my PC (Windows 10) I use Huetro for Hue - it's decent enough.

Lucas Ayde

2,551 posts

135 months

Monday 7th June
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1878 said:
Look before you leap with the Hue app update, they have really messed it up in my opinion.
Worst bit is that instead of being able to see and change all the lights in a room/scene from one view you now have to go individually into each one. Oh yeah, and they scroll left to right you you can see fewer on screen at once.

Alternative - what are others using to control Hue? (Apple ecosystem here)
Haven't dug into it too much but the new UI style looks like it's designed for kids. Not promising.

Then again, the last version of the app was a bit disappointing UI-wise compared to the one IT replaced, IIRC. Philips just seem to go backwards every time they make changes.


1878

771 posts

130 months

Tuesday 8th June
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Thanks for the pointers everyone, some experimenting to be done over the next few days.

page3

4,290 posts

218 months

Tuesday 8th June
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Lucas Ayde said:
Haven't dug into it too much but the new UI style looks like it's designed for kids. Not promising.

Then again, the last version of the app was a bit disappointing UI-wise compared to the one IT replaced, IIRC. Philips just seem to go backwards every time they make changes.
Agree they really don’t seem to ever move forward. After all these years and still no UK light switch. Makes the product range marginally useless.

dapprman

1,490 posts

234 months

Wednesday 9th June
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Arg, while I've no problems with the new app in itself, they've ruined the android widgets.

Was not that great before but you could create a 'shelf' of on-off toggles, think it was limited to 4. I had 3 rows. Rarely used them, so fortunately will not be missed. Now it's individual light/zone actions, so single buttons and you need two if you want to be able to use the widgets to turn a light both on and off .... Looks like it's been redesigned for large screen tablets being used as a single view home automation controllers, but makes it near useless on a mobile phone. Just a good job it's not something I used much despite setting it up - only catch is it was a quick and easy way to turn lights on when not in the house.

dapprman

1,490 posts

234 months

Sunday 13th June
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Does anyone else use the coming home function? Had it set and it worked fine. Checked with the software update and I had to reconfigure my home location, but that was it. Tonight, first time since the app update I got back post sunset and ... it never worked.

ajprice

20,877 posts

163 months

Tuesday 22nd June
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I've picked up a colour GU10 bulb to use as a fireplace light (not a real fireplace, it's an MDF construction on the wall with a GU10 fitting in it, the hue replaces a white bulb).

I've set it up with the hue labs candlelight formula, and the web page saved as a phone home screen icon to go to the page and turn it on/off. Is there a way of getting this formula or something else orange and flickery controllable in one step on the phone or with Alexa with something like "Alexa, turn on fireplace"? From what I can find Hue Labs is only a web page, not built in to the Hue app or Alexa app.

I just tried "Alexa turn off light. Alexa turn on light" and it turns on again as static orange which I set as the default colour.

Edited by ajprice on Tuesday 22 June 22:17


Edited by ajprice on Wednesday 23 June 11:21

dapprman

1,490 posts

234 months

Tuesday 22nd June
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The Hue Essentials app (android) will allow you to use effects through the app - some are free, many must be bought in packs (firelight is free) however I'm not sure how you can link those to alexa - I do know they can be downloaded to your hub, so it is possible Alexa might see them there,

JimbobVFR

2,390 posts

111 months

Wednesday 23rd June
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dapprman said:
The Hue Essentials app (android) will allow you to use effects through the app - some are free, many must be bought in packs (firelight is free) however I'm not sure how you can link those to alexa - I do know they can be downloaded to your hub, so it is possible Alexa might see them there,
Hue essentials can also program a Hue dimmer switch to activate the effect.

dapprman

1,490 posts

234 months

Wednesday 23rd June
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JimbobVFR said:
dapprman said:
The Hue Essentials app (android) will allow you to use effects through the app - some are free, many must be bought in packs (firelight is free) however I'm not sure how you can link those to alexa - I do know they can be downloaded to your hub, so it is possible Alexa might see them there,
Hue essentials can also program a Hue dimmer switch to activate the effect.
and also program the dimmer so that each button in theory could be used with a different light/room, while still having multiple presses per button.

Heartworm

1,734 posts

128 months

Wednesday 30th June
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jollysoutherner said:
I'm using the Samotech SM309 to dim led kitchen lights and SM308 to control outside lights. Appears as a Hue device using ZigBee and connects to Hub no issue. Both require a neutral; for dimming I'm using a retractive grid switch (hold down to dim and release, momentary press for on/off).


If you could fit within ceiling rose you could do without neutral in switch.
Late coming back to this, do you get to see what the input switch is doing on the SM308 over zigbee, or is it purely a toggle the current state of the switch?

dapprman

1,490 posts

234 months

Thursday 8th July
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Lidl have more smart lighting stuff in this Sunday. Their add only shows hub, kit, and some bulbs, but there could me more.

On the Lidl stuff, anyone have the 2m coloured LED strip? If so what's it like? I use the Lidl/Silverlink coloured G10s in my kitchen and was waiting to add one of the strips to match the colours and fill in a dark area of the ceiling (I previously had a fluorescent tube). I gave up and went for a Giderwel one in the Amazon Prime day - it had good reviews and works well, colours are very close to the LIdl G10s, however it is slow turning on and off - not really an issue, but can anyone confirm if the Sliverlink strip has the same issue ?

Heartworm

1,734 posts

128 months

Thursday 8th July
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dapprman said:
Lidl have more smart lighting stuff in this Sunday. Their add only shows hub, kit, and some bulbs, but there could me more.

On the Lidl stuff, anyone have the 2m coloured LED strip? If so what's it like? I use the Lidl/Silverlink coloured G10s in my kitchen and was waiting to add one of the strips to match the colours and fill in a dark area of the ceiling (I previously had a fluorescent tube). I gave up and went for a Giderwel one in the Amazon Prime day - it had good reviews and works well, colours are very close to the LIdl G10s, however it is slow turning on and off - not really an issue, but can anyone confirm if the Sliverlink strip has the same issue ?
My Lidl LED strip has been fine, no issues. The bayonet bulb is disappointing when grind used for a colour, very dull, good to hear the GU10 is alright though.

stevensdrs

2,827 posts

167 months

Thursday 8th July
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My Lidl colour strip is great. I have it set up with the Philips hub and controlled by Alexa, I use it along the back of the bed where it gives a nice purple glow. It is set to come on at a certain time and goes off with all the other bedroom lights with a voice command. If they have more for sale this weekend I will get another one.

dapprman

1,490 posts

234 months

Friday 9th July
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@Heartworm & @stevensdrs - when you turn your strip on and off is it instantaneous or does the light build up/down over a second or two ?